Storing Reels

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  1. SlvrDragon50

    SlvrDragon50 New User

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    I'm interested in buying a reel now that I've encountered some cheap strings that are actually somewhat decent; however, I do not string my rackets myself.

    Because of this, I don't string my rackets too frequently and I'm wondering how long a reel of string will last (660')? Is there a certain way to store it?
     
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  2. crocon

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    I've had some poly strings for 2 years or so and they seemed fine. I'm not sure about the best way to store them, but I don't think you can go wrong with keeping them out of the sunlight and extreme temperatures (whatever that is for a tennis string)
     
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  3. jim e

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    Like what was said, keep it out of direct sunlight, and in a moderate temperature location and you will be set for years. I still have some reels that are getting close to 40 years old,(1971-72 era strings), and are still usable.
     
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  4. southend

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    What's your experience with shelf life for gut?
     
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  5. Wes_Loves_Dunlop

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    for gut, as long as you keep it in an airtight bag with no moisture and no direct sunlight, it should be fine for a long time.
     
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  6. SlvrDragon50

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    Ah well, I'd be buying Pro Supex Blue Gear and Gosen Micro probably.

    Thanks for the help!
     
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  7. jim e

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    The longest I kept gut was for approx. 2-3 years,(and that was before the sealed foil pack days).
    I still have a set of Bow Brand gut from 1972 era, its ashame it is in 2 -17' sections as that was the typical length needed for a wooden racquet back then.I may use it sometime for a cross string to see how it strings and hits.
    Just keep gut sealed as best as possible, and since todays have foil sealed packs, keep it in a decent environment and they should last a good amount of time.
     
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  8. nickarnold2000

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    Nowhere (on a cold rainy Saturday) where the kids can "discover" them!!!:shock:
     
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  9. autumn_leaf

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    talking from experience here?

    also i just have mine in a box in a currently unused room. never really thought about it. it's indoors so with most things, moderate temperature with minimal humidity and not a lot of direct sunlight and you should be fine.
     
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  10. MJHendrickson21

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    Fernando Gonzalez stores his reels under his sofa cushions in his home in Chile.
     
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  11. iplaybetter

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    lasts plenty long, you should get 17ish stringjobs (depending on your stringer, but should not be less)
    i have customers who keep their reels in large freezer bags just for connivence
     
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  12. nickarnold2000

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    Oh ya!!!!!!!
     
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  13. armsty

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    I just throw my reels into the cupboard with the other tennis stuff (Stencils, ink, grommets, grips, string etc.
     
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  14. old coach

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    If it's not a Nat Gut - nothing to worry. Poly in a room temp can stay for a long time.
     
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  15. Standupnfall

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    I keep mine in a big plastic bin inside Ziplock Freezer bags at the bottom of my closet. No sun and no air
     
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  16. blaby

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    someone snuck into gonzos house :wink:
     
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  17. Steezmuffin

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    I store mine in my tennis bag. The stringer is at work and I always want it if I pop a string.
     
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